March 12, 2016

Backwards Beauty

Backwards Beauty: How to Feel Ugly in 10 Simple Steps by Jessie Minassian is a must read for young women who often feel the pressures of living up to society's very unrealistic and unattainable standards of beauty. As the author Jessie Minassian points out, even the supermodels, actresses, and singers who help perpetuate these beauty standards don't measure up! We're often bombarded with photoshopped images of perfect women in ads on billboards, magazines, and TV, and these images are meant to sell us something, but they're also transforming our idea of beauty. These ads are meant to make "Men desire and women admire." These ads serve as manuals on how to look, think, and act in order to be considered beautiful. But what happens when these standards are unbelievably unrealistic? You could end up feeling ugly, but you shouldn't. In this book, Minassian uses reverse psychology and gives ten steps to feel ugly, and the way she's written the book and how she goes through these steps helps the reader realize how silly it is to allow society and the media to negatively influence how we feel about ourselves.

In this book, Minassian gives great advice on how to overcome feelings of ugliness due to not because able to live up to society's standards of beauty. She advises women to unplug (from media), spend wisely (don't waste all your money chasing beauty), celebrate natural (natural beauty rocks!), and be content (learn to feel beautiful just the way you are). Since weight is a major issue with society's beauty standards, Minassian also give ten tips for eating right. Another thing I like about this book are the discussion questions that really make you think about how you feel about your own beauty. While this book is aimed at teenage girls, I believe this book is beneficial for girls and women of all ages. 

*I received this book from the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.

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